Saronoa Mass.08142014Bishop Peter Christensen prays over Mariah Schultz, the Spooner teen who will be serving with NET Ministries, Aug. 3 at St. Catherine of Alexandria, Sarona. After the outdoor Mass, Schultz appealed to attendees for prayers and financial support for her yearlong mission. During Mass, Bishop Christensen also announced Cumberland native Nathan Linton, the diocese’s newest seminarian, will enter St. John Vianney Seminary in the Twin Cities this fall.

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A parishioner arrives with baked goods before the outdoor Mass and breakfast Aug. 3 at St. Catherine, Sarona. The historic country church, capacity 99 people, could not have accommodated the 238 people who gathered for the event. After Mass, parishioners and visitors chatted with Bishop Christensen, socialized with one another and shared breakfast. (Catholic Herald photos by Anita Draper)